The March 17 and 18 workshop was organized by the CSME Unit of the CARICOM Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs.
According to Lyndis Harris, the CSME Focal Point for St. Kitts and Nevis, the role of the news media is essential for achieving greater understanding of the CSME.
“The CSME continues to be a work in progress. Extensive actions have been taken by participating member states to establish the legal and institutional arrangements for a functioning Single Market; but alongside the creation of the Caribbean Community Act, there is the need for a robust set of communications and information processes that are vital to creating continued awareness of the laws,” Harris explained.
During the two days of discussions, media practitioners would cover matters relating to how the media can help the public gain knowledge on how CSME works and what benefits the citizens of the region would attain from the regions premier trade and business development arrangement.
Media persons are among the category of workers entitled to move and work freely within member states under the CSME. As a consequence, the engagement also addresses the rights of media workers as direct beneficiaries of the CSME.